It has been a while since I have sat down to write. I have been out of the habit of writing because honestly, I have been out of the habit of reflecting. I have used the busyness of life as my excuse. When really, I have been ignoring and avoiding. 

{Levi - 6 Months}


Levi Daniel, you are six months old!

You are growing in leaps and bounds! At your 6 month appointment you weighed 19lbs, 4.5oz (79th percentile) and you were 26.75 inches long (52nd percentile). You have grown so much, that you are now wearing 12 month clothes. 

Levi, you roll around the floor if you want to get to a toy and you have enjoyed sitting up more in a bouncer seat or your high chair. You also like sitting if it is in someone's lap. You're definitely not sitting on your own yet. You've also started drooling more lately and we are wondering if you have started working on your first tooth. You remain a happy guy, but definitely have started to fuss a bit more, which makes us wonder about teeth.

You seem to be slowly making some progress with your night time sleep! Just two days before turning six months you finally slept through the night for the first time. You have started to do some longer night time stretches (7-9) hours, but you do not do it consistently.  On a good night, you are still only waking up one time and going right back to sleep. A tough night for mama means that you've been up twice in an evening. Mama and Papa do appreciate your ability to put yourself back to sleep, so even if you fully wake up at night, you babble a bit in your crib and then put yourself back to sleep. You are still doing 3 naps a day, but that last one is usually a short one just to tide you over to bedtime.

You have been enjoying more time at home with mama now that we are not making the commute to Auburn. We are also finding our new normal routine as your big brother Elijah has started a local preschool. Usually you are ready for your first nap right after we drop your brother off - or you try and squeeze one in before we leave.

Levi in your 6th month you explored your first pumpkin patch and celebrated your first Halloween as as a Tiger! Your brother loved having you as a baby Tiger. You also brought lots of cheer to your Grandpa Jerry who was in the hospital.

While your 6th month of life was all about slowing down, we think your 7th month of life is going to be a busy one and we hope you're excited! You are going to fly on your first airplane to see Pop Pop and Grandma, go to Disney World to meet Mickey, celebrate your first Thanksgiving, visit Santa and start trying solid food.

Here are a few photos from your 6th month of life!

 At the pumpkin patch!

 Tiger Family!

 Bundled up for a Fall walk

 Play date with Lulu

{Levi - Dedication}


Levi Daniel, we dedicated you to the Lord!

It felt like a leap of faith for mama and papa to hope for one more child.Yet we had this feeling that more was meant for our family. You are an answer to that prayer and we love our brave sweet boy.

Today we dedicated you to the Lord. We believe we cannot make the decision for you to accept Jesus as Lord of your life. You will have the opportunity as you grow older to make that decision for yourself. We promise to raise you to know who God is, that God loves you and cares for you, and has known you since before you were born. We will pray for you. We will seek grace and wisdom to carry out these responsibilities. We promise to surround you with a community of people who love you and can help guide you.

During the church service today, Papa shared about our experience growing our family and Pastor Jeremiah prayed that God would watch over and guard you, use you in powerful ways, that you would follow God, and that you would be equipped according to God's will.

Our community joined us in making a commitment to raise you to know God. Then, we had a lovely party at the Allen's to celebrate. It was a very special day.

Here are some photos from your special day!

{Levi - 5 Months}


Levi Daniel, you are five months old!

You sailed through your fifth month of life! Your happy disposition is a joy to be around. Papa and I both say, our favorite thing to do is watch you watch you big brother. You love watching Elijah and you love all the silly noises that he makes. You are constantly smiling and laughing around him. Elijah, like wise loves to play with you on your play mat and enjoys showing you the books he is looking at.

Levi, you seem to have hit a growth spurt and are requiring more food! One day, you were incredibly grumpy which was out of the norm for you. It took mama a bit to figure out, but when I offered you some extra food – you gobbled it up. We started supplementing with formula and you have done well with that. You are getting a mix of mama breastfeeding you and supplementing with bottles. You finally started taking a bottle from mama which has been a big relief. Typically you get 2 bottles at some point in the day to keep you full. You outgrew your 6 month clothes and are solidly into 9 month clothes.

Just as you celebrated 5 months you started rolling from your tummy to your back. It is the cutest thing to watch as you cautiously make that roll. You’ve started babbling more at us which has been fun! You make “ba-ba” sounds and “da-da” sounds, which of course your papa claims that “dada” was your first word. You have also developed a strong grasp and my hair is often in your hands.  You continue to be very content laying down, holding your feet, and babbling. You also have started to notice Charlie more. When she comes around, your eyes are definitely on her.

Levi, your sleep continues to be all over the place. On a good night you only do one wake up in the 1am-3am hour. On a tough night you are up 2-3 times. It seems like if you get good sleep during the day you are more inclined to sleep well at night. But if you don’t sleep well during the day, anything can go at night. At least when you wake up at night you are a happy guy and smile as soon as you see me. Papa and I think we will do more focused sleep training at the end of November.

Your 5th month has been busy. You had your second laser treatment for your birthmark. You are of course very unhappy during the treatment, but then shortly after you are all smiles again. You have done great as you transitioned into your daycare class. You do not sleep very well, but you enjoy all the sights and sounds. You also started up in your infant class at Community Bible Study. We are still trying to figure out a good routine for Thursdays at CBS so that you do not get over tired. You also recently went to your first pumpkin patch and your first Seahawks game!

During your 6th month of life we think you are looking forward to being dedicated at church, a family trip to the Pumpkin patch, being at home more with mama as she resigns her job, and celebrating your first Halloween.

Here are some photos from your fifth month of life:

{Levi - 4 Months}


Levi Daniel, you are four months old!

This last month has been a big month for you Levi, and you have handled every new challenge so well. Mama and Papa think this is a glimpse into your personality and character.  You are growing into such a big boy! At your 4 month checkup you weighed 15lbs, 13.5oz (57th percentile) and were 28.8 inches long (75th percentile).

You started your fourth month with your first laser treatment for your birthmark. While the actual procedure was difficult and painful, you recuperated within a few minutes and were back to your smiley disposition. You were so tired, that after a few smiles you fell asleep right away. Mama really struggled with that first treatment. It was hard to see you in any pain or discomfort. It is also incredibly difficult to feel like this is the right or best decision. However, even though it is hard now, mama and papa do believe this is the right choice for you. For two weeks after your treatment your face looked bruised, though it did not seem to bother you at all.

You also started up at daycare a few weeks ago. You have the same teachers that Elijah had and that has been such a comfort to mama. You have had no issues with drop off. All of your teachers remark at your happy disposition. It took you a few days before you actually cried, and even then it was to let everyone know that you were hungry. Your sleep at daycare has definitely been off. Some days you do several small naps. Other days you will do a nice long nap and a few short ones. Overall though you are adjusting well to this big change. Your routine on a work day is that I wake you up at 5:40am, change your diaper and get you in your car seat. Your brother is already up and dressed at this point. I get you guys loaded into the car and try to get out of the house by 5:50am. You have been staying awake during the ride to daycare, I can hear you chewing on your fingers and happily babbling. Levi, you continue to be a very distracted eater, so it did not work for me to feed you at daycare. You get your first bottle shortly after drop off.  On a non-work day, you are usually up around 7am. We get some play time in the morning and I can usually have you down for your first nap before I get your brother up.

Levi, you started rolling a couple weeks ago! Mama missed your first roll because she was cooking dinner. You were fussing on your play mat and when I went to check on you, there you were on your tummy! You continue to roll frequently from your back to your tummy.  At daycare you have even fallen asleep on your stomach - you have not done that at home yet. You are usually happy on your tummy unless you are tired, then you definitely let us know that you want to be on your back.  While on your play mat, you grab at toys and try to get them in your mouth. You also love to reach out and grab when you are eating - often times if mama is not careful you end up with a chunk of my hair. You really enjoy sitting up, especially if you are sitting in mama or papa's lap.  You seem to like looking all around and looking at books with Elijah.

Your sleep has been all over the place. You still tend to do stretches of 4-6 hours. If it is a work night for mama, it is nice if you get up between 12pm-1am for a feed, so that mama's sleep is broken up into more equal chunks. As you have been sick and approaching four months I would say your stretches of sleep have been in 4 hour chunks.

You finished up your fourth month with another viral bug. You had a fever for 2 days and congestion in your nose. You were still a fairly happy baby, but definitely needed some extra TLC. We are hoping that this bug goes away quickly and you do not get croup like your big brother just had.

Other adventures this last month include riding a bus and a ferry for the first time when we took a family trip to Bainbridge Island for the day and going to the Washington State Fair.

During your 5th month of life we think you are looking forward to starting CBS, spending time with friends, and continuing to adjust to daycare.

Here are some photos and videos from your fourth month of life:

 At the park!
 Smiley after your first laser treatment
 Elijah reads to you!
 Tummy time!

 Sleeping at school

Mama snuggles at church
Family adventure to Bainbridge Island